BillKismet (4064) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Root beer colored body with lacey caramel brown froth. Pleasant intermingling of pine and chocolate in the nose. Easy roast breathes through Pacific Northwest evergreen forest. Resinous, piny flavor with chocolate undertones and smoothened roast that is present, and palatable, but whose sweetness is only there to accent and harmonize off the hop panoply. Piny, spicy, mint hop finish that lingers well past the last sip. MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Pours dark dark dark, light beige head, with hoppy aroma. Piney, stone fruit, and alcohol. Medium Mouthfeel, bitter in the middle, and lots of roasty malt. Very much like a black IPA, but with more roast. Resinous throughout, and I would guess a candidate for aging. Tasted @ 58F. Crit (4011) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2011
Cola color,thick tan head.Piney citrus/brown sugar nose,Neutral fore,effervescent piney mid,medium strength lasting hop end.Good lace
Very nice patricks110 (2496) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2011
Forgotten review from May 9, 2011. Swordfish pours a dark brown with a two finger thick, creamy beige head with good lacing on the glass. The nose is quite strong with a perceived NW resinous hop, a large herbal note and a dark roasty malt. note of cocoa, burnt espresso and lightly fruity notes.The taste is superb with a bold roast and malt profile that balances well with a medium hop bitterness and a beautiful pine and grapefruit hop taste on the finish. Notes of pine, citrus, toast and biscuit are also found. Medium to full bodied with a beautiful drinkable taste and nice balance for a Black IPA. Syzzer (647) - Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2011
There is a bitter bite along with molasis malts. Very dark/black. Interesting CDA as CDAs are (AKA black Ipa’s). Deschutes Hop in the Dark (CDA) is another great example of a CDA
hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
22oz bottle.Brown pour with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, earth, roast, some chocolate in the background, and citrus. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, citrus, some pine, and roast. robforbes (2245) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2012
pours a deep dark brown with a red tint, a small khaki head, and good lacing.
smell is very complex, malt, pine, hops, a touch of citrus, caramel, prunes, and some grapefruit.
taste is thick, hoppy, dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, and a touch of grapefruit. ends nicely bitter. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bottle; very nice looking pour, blackish with a ligther brown head of decent size. Nice, balanced aroma; lots of nice pine, earth, fruit, caramel, and roasted malt. A touch of sweetness. Nice aroma. Flavor preferred balance, subtle complexity to aggressive, over the top flavors. Subtle flavors of roasted malt and earth, chocolate and pine, with some caramel. Surprisingly drinkable. Braudog (6717) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Big, muddy red-tinged pour, the head thin but standing tan head. The beer delivers a warming blend of wintery flavors ... a bit spicy, a bit of molasses, a bit of woody hops. Interesting that this is a spring seasonal, it’s fitting my cold day of football quite nicely. (#5406, 1/5/2013) Steverus0 (263) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Pours a lovely black with toffee head.
Noticeable caramel malts with slight chocolate, but lots of hops coming forward.
Rich mouthfeel with slight malted sweetness paired with strong hoppy bitters.
A really solid and pleasant brew with plenty of interesting quirks that could keep me coming back.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone